In '12 over 8,000 instances of animal-abuse reported
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Council of Agriculture (COA) said recently that citizens last year reported 8,626 animal-abuse incidents with New Taipei City reporting the most amount of cases, at 3,744.
February 25, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
According to the Animal Protection Act, which was implemented in 2011, local governments must take action when handling reports of animal abuse, abandonment and neglect, as well as the illegal sales of pets, the COA said. As a result, the number of reports increased annually, which shows that people have gained awareness about animal protection.
Hsu Kuei-sen (許桂森), director of the COA's husbandry division, said Taoyuan County, Taipei City and New Taipei City had the most number of penalized offenses among the cities, at 157, 98 and 25 cases respectively.
Hsu continued to say that nevertheless, the number of penalized offenses has decreased compared with 2011.
The COA said in 2012 local governments initially investigated 43,283 potential incidents of neglect, failure to register their pets or illegal pet sales. The COA resolved 10,439 cases without any penalties being applied, while 365 incidents were punished.
Regarding instances of failure to register, Hsu said that last year local governments resolved 300 cases in Taichung City, 1,300 cases in Taoyuan County and 3,000 in Taipei City. In none of these cases was a penalty applied.
Hsu said that although laws requiring registration of pets took effect more than 13 years ago, some people are still not aware of the regulation, adding that the COA will continue to inform pet owners of the need to register.
Hsu said the purpose of registration was to reduce the number of possible stray pets.
Hsu added that Taichung City registered the largest number of pet registrations in 2012, at 12,816.